For many Aston Martin owners, their first experience of the brand was in model form. The multi-million-selling 261 model was a perfect replica of the DB5 that debuted in 1964’s Goldfinger, right down to the meticulously engineered gadgets that were crammed into the gold-painted bodyshell. Released just ahead of 1965’s Thunderball, the fourth film in EON Productions’ James Bond series, the DB5 has been without a major challenger for decades.

Now there’s a new model in town. For the next generation of Bond fans, The Little Car Company’s DB5 Junior No Time To Die Edition is much more than a mere plaything. This hand-built, two-thirds scale car mirrors the gadget-laden original, and provides a scintillating electric driving experience for youngsters and adults alike. Taking the LCC’s impressive DB5 Vantage Junior as a starting point, The Little Car Company’s No Time To Die Edition combines maximum power with a playful set of fully functional gadgets — albeit toned down from the lethal originals.

Carbon copy: The Little Car Company reimagines Bond's DB5

The strictly limited-edition model includes four electric driving modes — Novice, Expert, Competition, and Escape Mode — that ramp up the power to an impressive maximum of 20kW, propelling the DB5 Junior to a base speed of 30mph (rising to 45mph for the Vantage and No Time To Die Editions), with a range of up to 80 miles. In a nod to the Bond films’ talented stunt teams, the No Time To Die Edition has a rally-style hydraulic handbrake for entertaining twists and turns.

Produced in close collaboration with Aston Martin and EON Productions, the car includes top-secret gadgets such as a pair of mini guns mounted behind the DB5’s elegant faired-in headlights (a Q Branch modification that is showcased in No Time To Die’s opening sequence), a smoke screen triggered from the hidden control panel, and a digital display screen, as seen in the film.

Carbon copy: The Little Car Company reimagines Bond's DB5

Aston Martin is synonymous with 007, and the iconic DB5 has a major role in No Time To Die, the 25th Bond film. The 25 full-scale DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars, built by Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell in 2021 and costing £3.3m each, were a great success. This very special DB5 Junior, which will have a very limited production run, marks another milestone in this enduring relationship.

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This story is an extract from an article featured in the AM49 issue of Aston Martin magazine, out now. If you're not already a subscriber, visit magazine.astonmartin.com/magazine-subscription so that you can read the full story. 

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